Conor Benn has warned South Africa’s Chris van Heerden that he must be ready for “a whole lot of firepower” once they conflict over 12 rounds for the WBA Continental Welterweight Title on the AO Area in Manchester this Saturday April 16, stay worldwide on DAZN (excluding New Zealand and Australia).
‘The Destroyer’ (20-0, 13 KOs) secured a surprising knockout win over former World Champion Chris Algieri final outing in December, taking out the American with a brutal proper hand within the fourth spherical of their high of the invoice conflict on the M&S Financial institution Area in Liverpool.
Reflecting on his showreel knockout Benn mentioned: “It was probably the most dramatic end of my profession for positive. It was nice that I used to be capable of put in that efficiency. I simply went in there with such confidence. Being assured within the ring… you show it in your defence mechanisms, belief in your reflexes, belief in your energy.
“Having my dad ringside and seeing the uncooked emotion from him was most likely probably the most rewarding factor out of the entire eight-week camp. Even through the struggle and the sensation after the struggle. Watching that video again was, me watching somebody so genuinely pleased for me. Nothing however happiness for his son. That for me is so warming. It made me so emotional watching it.”
The 25-year-old Essex native is but to return up towards a southpaw boxer in his 20 fights thus far and is relishing the problem of locking horns with former IBO 147lbs Champion van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) – a seasoned veteran who has solely been stopped by Errol Spence Jr in 32 skilled fights.
“Each fighter I struggle now shifting ahead is going to be extra skilled, nevertheless it means nothing to me,” said Benn. “Who they’ve fought and what they’ve achieved of their profession would not matter as a result of they haven’t fought me. I do know what I can do and I do know what I’m succesful of. I imagine in my work ethic and I imagine in my group. I imagine in my mindset and I imagine in my bodily attributes. I imagine in my energy and I imagine in my boxing means. Convey me whoever, I’m assured in what I can do.”
‘The Warmth’ hasn’t held again together with his pre-fight trash speak, labelling Benn an “emotional, angry fighter” who depends solely on his energy. Benn is decided to show his doubters mistaken as soon as once more and has promised to earn van Heerden’s respect as he goals to take one other step in the direction of a world title shot within the thriving welterweight division.
“Van Heerden is a superb fighter, he’s a difficult fighter, he’s a troublesome fighter. He’s a come ahead southpaw and a former World Champion. He’s been in there with the perfect. First southpaw opponent – they’re undoubtedly arduous work that’s for positive. It’s important to suppose a lot extra. It’s important to display a lot extra ability. You’ll be able to’t simply go in there with the identical method as you’d with an orthodox fighter.
“He’s wished this struggle for some time. He informed me he wanted this struggle for himself, wanted it for closure. We’ve made the struggle occur. Hopefully he comes ready, which I imagine he’ll. He mentioned he doesn’t price my boxing means. In the event you don’t respect me then I’ll make you respect me. Chris van Heerden must be prepared for a complete lot of firepower. He must be prepared for somebody who fights like he’s received every thing to lose.”